Summit Notebook

The secret lives of auto executives

November 3, 2009

Ed Whitacre sneaks off to breakfast at a Detroit greasy spoon. Sergio Marchionne’s attention to detail extends to the condition of his factories’ bathrooms. And Bill Ford helped save his great-grandfather’s company by hocking the blue oval. 

iSkyscraper? If you were Apple, why not?

June 22, 2009

If you had paid $3.5 billion for a skyscraper named after bankrupt automaker General Motors, wouldn’t you want a tenant to come in and pay you another few million to rename the building, with the added bonus of giving it a name not associated with a failed recipient of government largesse?

Yahoo cedes search game to Google, for now

May 20, 2009

(Updated with more quotes)

If you’re losing the game, time to change the playing field. Yahoo is counting on exactly that.